Pope Francis celebrated a Requiem for all the deceased cardinals and bishops of the Church at the Altar of the Chair. It was celebrated in Latin and the Propers properly chanted. If only every Requiem Mass throughout the world was like this. There is no reason for it not to be!
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday,
November 3, celebrated Mass in remembrance of all the Cardinals and
Bishops who died during the past year.
During the Mass, which was held in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope
reminded us that thanks to the Resurrection of Jesus our faith is full
of the joy of truth and eternal life.
Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:
Reflecting on the reading from the
second Book of Maccabees in which the ruler of Jerusalem collects “two
thousand silver drachmas for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the
dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection” (2 Mac
12, 43-46), – the Pope said – that thanks to God’s Word this
celebration is enlightened by our faith in the Resurrection.
The whole of Divine Revelation – he
said – is the fruit of dialogue between God and his people, and faith
too is bound to this dialogue that accompanies the people of God in
It is no wonder – Pope Francis said –
that such a great, important and superhuman mystery as the Resurrection
required such a long journey in time, up until the coming of Jesus
Jesus can say: “I am the Resurrection
and the life” (John 11, 25) because in Him this mystery not only is
fully revealed, through Him, for the first time, it becomes reality.
And recalling the Gospel of Mark that
tells of the death of Jesus and of the empty tomb, the Pope pointed out
that this episode represents the culmination of that journey in time:
the event of the Resurrection that responds to the quest of God’s
people, to the quest of every man and of the whole of humanity.
Each of us – Pope Francis said – is
invited to be part of this event. We are called to stand before the
Cross of Jesus, like Mary, like the women, like the centurion listening
to his cry, to his last breath and finally to the silence; that silence
that persists throughout Holy Saturday. And then we are called to go to
the tomb to see that the large stone has been rolled back and to listen
to the news: “He has been raised, he is not here” (Mark 16, 6). That is
where the answer is, that is where the foundation is, the rock. Not in
“wise and persuasive words” – the Pope said - but in the living Word of
the Cross and in the Resurrection of Christ.
This is what the Apostle Paul
preaches – the Pope continued – the Resurrection of the crucified Jesus
Christ. If He has not risen, our faith is empty and inconsistent. But
seeing that He has risen, that He is the Resurrection, then our faith is
full of truth and eternal life.
So – Pope Francis concluded –
renewing tradition today we offer the Sacrifice of the Eucharist in
suffrage of our brother Cardinals and Bishops who have died during the
past twelve months. And our prayer is enriched by the sentiments, the
memories, and the gratitude for the testimonies of people we have known,
and with whom we have shared service within the Church. Many of their
faces – he said – are before our eyes, and all of them are lovingly and
mercifully looked upon by our heavenly Father.
And invoking the intercession of our
celestial Mother for these beloved sons of Hers, Pope Francis prayed
that they may relish the joy of the New Jerusalem together with all the
faithful that have served on earth.